As fall draws a little closer to winter and the temperature drops, you start thinking about it.
Double-black diamond chutes. Backcountry bowls. Wicked moguls. You’re itching for the snow to fall, the slopes to open and to get out there.
But when you’re planning your getaways these days, you’ve got others to think about, namely your kids. And let’s face it – few kids, if any, are ready to handle the types of runs you’re used to. But that doesn’t mean your winter getaway has to be a drag for you or misery for your little ones.
A recent media tour focusing on family entertainment in the high country provided several offerings that are kid-friendly and fun for parents, too.
The Curtis Hotel. If you’re going to spend time in Denver, the Curtis is downtown and close to places like ESPN Zone, the 16th Street Mall (think Bricktown) Lower Downtown and several other attractions. The hotel has a pop culture theme and travel games you can buy. It’s quirky, fun and anything but boring.
The Downtown Aquarium. Lots of fish (including sharks) and an opportunity to snorkel in a huge tank filled with several species of aquatic life, including a 250-pound grouper. The staff emphasizes fun and education to keep it interesting. "The way to people’s heads is through their hearts,” dive safety officer Todd Hall said.
REI’s superstore. Everything skiers, boarders, hikers and climbers possibly could want. For those looking for fun, the converted brick warehouse-turned-empor- ium has a massive rock climbing tower.
Winter Park. Owned by the city of Denver, Winter Park has 3,000 acres with runs for all skill levels. Mary Jane, which is part of Winter Park, is a place reserved for expert skiers. Being so close to Denver, Winter Park’s renowned ski school has trained countless Colorado skiers.